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Belly -- Packed with some of today's hottest hip-hop talent, this slick urban action drama follows two temporarily successful crime lords into darkness.
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Belly -- A pair of vicious black gangsters have spiritual awakenings.


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4 November 1998 (USA) See more »
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DMX ... Tommy 'Buns' Bundy

Nas ... Sincere

Hassan Johnson ... Mark

Taral Hicks ... Kisha

Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins ... Tionne
Oliver 'Power' Grant ... Knowledge (as Power)
Louie Rankin ... Lennox
Stan Drayton ... Wise (as Stanley Drayton)

James Parris ... LaKid

Method Man ... Shameek

Kurt Loder ... Himself
Ben Chavis ... Rev. Saviour (as Minister Benjamin F. Muhammed)

Tyrin Turner ... Big
Jay Black ... Black
John 'B.J.' Bryant ... Thug #1
Prince 'Blunt' Graham ... Thug #2
Wondosas 'Kilo' Martin ... Thug #3
Shaun Morrison ... Housekeeper

Frank Vincent ... Roger
Eric Keith McNeil ... Shorty
Xavier Simmons ... Young Tommy
LaVita Raynor ... Kionna
Monica Michaels ... Club Manager

Jen Gatien ... Girl in Office (as Jennifer 'Nen' Gatien)
Az ... Born (as Anthony 'Az' Cruz)
David Edwards ... Federal Agent
Jeffrey H. Kaufman ... Federal Agent (as Jeffrey Kaufman)
Brant Spencer ... Federal Agent
Adam Vignola ... Federal Agent (as Adam C. Vignola)
Micaal Stevens ... Killer
Michael Woodhouse ... Older Barber
Tyrone Lewis ... Younger Barber
Carmen Yannuzzi Jr. ... Guard
Crystal N. Johnson ... Knowledge's Cop Girlfriend
James Gresham ... Speaker
Michael Manning ... Teacher

Tony Devon ... FBI Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Akim Black ... Church Member (uncredited)

Paul Borghese ... Officer who arrests Tommy 'Buns' (uncredited)

Joe Crosson ... Church member (uncredited)

Brother Eden Douglas ... Night Assassin (uncredited)

Dufflyn Lammers ... Poet / Wrath (uncredited)

Steve Nuke ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Sean Paul ... Himself (uncredited)
Ronald 'Too Small' Small ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Nick Stellate ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Hype Williams 
Writing credits
Anthony Bodden (story) &
Nas (story) &
Hype Williams (story)

Hype Williams (written by)

Produced by
James Bigwood .... executive producer
Rj Harper .... producer liaison
Larry Meistrich .... producer
Edwin J. Nunez .... producer
Ron Rotholz .... producer
Robert Salerno .... producer
Hype Williams .... producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Stephen Cullo 
Cinematography by
Malik Hassan Sayeed (director of photography) (as Malik Sayeed)
Film Editing by
David Leonard 
Casting by
Winsome Sinclair 
Production Design by
Regan Jackson 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Chang Binns  (as Jennifer Chang)
Nicholas Lundy 
Set Decoration by
Raquel Anita Parke 
Carol Silverman 
Costume Design by
June Ambrose 
Makeup Department
Mary Aaron .... makeup artist
Jane Choi .... additional assistant makeup artist
Sharyn Cordice .... makeup department head
Michele Paris .... key makeup artist (as Michele Paris-Catanzarite)
Production Management
Bill Block .... executive in charge of production
Kwesi Dickson .... unit production manager: Jamaica
Richard Ford Jr. .... production supervisor
Eitan Hakami .... post-production supervisor
Dana Reid .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelique Bones .... second second assistant director
Sarah Gyllenstierna .... assistant director
Art Department
Scott Canfield .... set dresser
Karen Cusick .... art department coordinator
Anthony Dimeo .... property master
Rodrigo Guerrero .... art department intern
Greg Izzo .... special props
Clarissa Shanahan .... painter
Director X. .... visual consultant (as Julien Christian Lutz)
Sound Department
David Acord .... boom operator
Steve Borne .... sound designer (as Steve 'Iceman' Borne)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound effects editor
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Reggie McGuire .... sound effects editor
Jay Meagher .... sound mixer
Branka Mrkic .... adr editor
Angela Organ .... assistant adr editor
Michael Scott .... boom operator
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recordist
Clive Taylor .... sound editor: TV version
Visual Effects by
Andy Barrios .... Inferno artist: main title, Rainmaker Digital
Eric Person .... digital effects
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Will McCoy .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Brother Eden Douglas .... stunt performer (as Brother Douglas)
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
Marcus Salgado .... stunts
Mitchell Green .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Terrence Laron Burke .... grip
Brian Carmichael .... video operator
Teofilo Colon Jr. .... assistant to cinematographer
Lamont Crawford .... key dolly grip
Ray Edwards .... second assistant camera: Jamaica
Christian Epps .... gaffer
James McMillan .... key grip
Leigh Rathner .... second assistant camera
Rick Robinson .... camera operator
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Lowell Schulman .... key construction electric
Casting Department
Mel City .... casting associate
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
With Lacroix .... casting assistant
Theron Smith .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Laura Congleton .... assistant editor
Keith Croket .... associate editor
Bryan Ellenburg .... executive in charge of post-production
Jim Passon .... color timer
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Music Department
Barry Cole .... music consultant
Stuart Levy .... music editor
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Mike Easter .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Anthony Bodden .... assistant to director
Anthony Bodden .... consultant: grassroots
Cassandra Butcher .... publicity consultant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Sam Connelly .... production assistant
Guy Efrat .... location scout
Andrea Greer .... script supervisor
P.J. Haines .... chef
Charlynne J. Hopson .... assistant location manager
Celeste Jackson .... assistant coordinator (as Celeste Peterka)
James D. Lee .... assistant location manager
Rosemary Lombard .... production coordinator
Maeve Mannion .... production accountant: Jamaica
Keegan Martin .... production assistant
Tim Masick .... film-to-tape transfer
Ademola McMullen .... key production assistant
Len Murach .... location manager
Gayatri Persad .... production coordinator: Jamaica
Shieed Pittman .... location production assistant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... location assistant
Cesar Quinones .... location scout
Abdur Rahman .... directorial assistant
Gingi Rochelle .... equipment coordinator
Dana Terra .... equipment coordinator: Jamaica
Mimi Turner .... location scout
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator
Ryder Washburn .... assistant weapons coordinator
Ithiell Yisrael .... production assistant

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Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug use
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Method Man's character's name, Shameek, comes from the introduction to "7th Chamber" from the Wu-Tang Clan's 1993 debut, Enter the 36 Chambers.See more »
Lennox:Jamaica is good.
Tommy 'Buns' Bundy:Yeah, Jamaica is good. Jamaica is very good.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lord of War (2005)See more »
SincereSee more »


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61 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 6 February 2006
Author: wilsonasillson from United States

Please disregard the above review. Either the viewer likes being spoon-fed his films, or was not paying attention. Note that the viewer didn't even attempt an understanding of the title "Belly," which was the central theme of the film. The viewers others comments can stand for themselves.

In all honesty, the first time I watched this film, I actually turned the volume down -- I was enraptured by the way each scene was composed on the frame. Visually, this movie is stunning. The director has a striking style, and besides that, he is PRODIGIOUS -- there appears to be no end to the ways that he can make his compositions rich in visual entertainment and information. I can enumerate a list of techniques he used here, but that will be an exercise in boredom for today's cyber-nauts. Even more important, the compositions are never created for their own sakes, which was my initial criticism the first time I saw it -- they really do propel the film. The style is integral to the story. Get the film and you will see what I'm referring to; if you disagree, say so in your review.

80% of the film seems to be a riff on the hip-hop video aesthetic (never mind the fact that the director greatly defined the recent shape of this aesthetic) and myth. In it's third act, however, it uses the very same conventions -- outlaw figures, ostentatious style, and violence -- to confront and question these aesthetics. In the climactic ending, this criticism is embodied in the confrontation between one of the heroes of the film (DMX) and a figure symbolic of actual figures from black history. The director actually used an anachronism to face down a contemporary hero, and argues for the relic.

What the film argues for, as embodied by the final speech of the Minister character, is a message so powerful and relevant -- particularly to the very people who will associate themselves the most with this film -- that it will leave you breathless. It is a timeless message passed down from antiquity, framed by the most daring and contemporary of directors. It is an exhilarating juxtaposition.

What of the title, "Belly?" A belly is what a pregnant woman has; it is the external shape of soon-to-be-born child. It is the womb, the source of life. It is the promise of what is to be, as well as the origins of what is. If you abstract it, it's shape will be that of a circle - the symbol of wholeness, of the journey to individuation. It is the same difficult journey that the movies' anti-heroes take.

BELLY is a powerfully visual, yet simple tale about redemption. Not to be missed.

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